Who We Are

What is Community Living Alliance?

Community Living Alliance (CLA) is a community-based, non-profit, trauma-informed, organization providing services and community resources for all people with disabilities and chronic illnesses and for older adults. CLA was founded by people with disabilities, healthcare professionals and concerned citizens. CLA’s history spans over three decades and is firmly rooted in supporting the values of the independent living philosophy.

The vision established then is still very much alive today. That vision is simply to improve access to services, develop responsive programs, listen to the voices of people with disabilities, chronic conditions, and older adults and honor the desire for independence and self-determination.

CLA is committed to designing programs and offering services that minimize the challenges faced by clients. CLA achieves this by providing services, such as personal care, chore services, behavioral health, and service coordination, that support individuals living independently in their homes and communities.

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Community Living Alliance Board of Directors

The mission of Community Living Alliance (CLA) is overseen by a Board of Directors. Approximately 50 percent of the board is represented by clients of CLA’s services and people or parents of children with disabilities.

Executive Committee
Board Members
Leadership Team
Executive Committee

John Gardner, President and Treasurer
Terri Deist, Vice-President and Secretary 

Board Members

Terri Deist
Karen Foxgrover
Sharon Larson
Greg Schmidt
Shannon Sontag
Allie Tasche

Leadership Team

Todd Costello, Executive Director
Theresa Fishler, Director of Program Operations
Alice Holbrow, Director of Information Technology
Kathy Talaat, Director of Human Resources
Jo Treslley, Director of Financial Operations

8 board members

Standing L to R: Sharon Larson, Allie Tasche, Todd Costello, Terri Deist, Greg Schmidt
Seated L to R: Shannon Sontag, Karen Foxgrover, John Gardner

Joining the CLA Board of Directors
Individuals interested in supporting the mission of CLA are encouraged to email Todd Costello at costellot@clanet.org or call (608) 242-8335 to be considered for board membership. Board recruitment activities take place throughout the year, and new board members are introduced bi-annually.

Contacting the CLA Board
To learn more about CLA services, offer feedback or comments, please leave a message on the CLA Board of Directors Comment line at (608) 242-8335, Extension 1399 or email claboard@clanet.org.

Board Meeting Executive Summaries


Madison Public Library
201 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI

4:30 to 6:30 PM


January 14, 2019
February 25, 2019
March 25, 2019
May 20, 2019

June 24, 2019
August 26, 2019
September 23, 2019
October 28, 2019
November 25, 2019

Meet our Caregivers


“I am very grateful that I have been one of the CLA family for a while now. It gives me so much joy that I am able to reach out to my wonderful clients.

My priority and determination is to make sure that they are very happy and have a sense of belonging. I devote my heart deeply in serving them and making sure they are safe and independent.”


“Caring for others means so much more than what I do. It gives others independence and choice. They are able to make an impact on our community because of what I do. There are many good people in our community that need someone to take a moment and understand their life. That’s what caregivers do — they understand others and help them to be the person that they are.”